My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 5

Magic Duel

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Dec 01, 2012 on The Hub

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • One of the best yet!

    After being absent through all of season 2, the Great and Powerful Trixie returns to Ponyville for revenge. We've all been waiting for this and wanted to see her again. So how does her new episode hold up? It all starts with a hooded pony going into a shop and buying a necklace that can give the user the powers of an alicorn. Meanwhile, in Ponyville, Twilight, Spike, and Fluttershy are going over entertainment acts for some diplomats from Saddle Arabia. Rainbow though comes and tells the others to hurry towards town. When the others get there, the hooded figure is using magic to torture other ponies. The figure then reveals herself to be Trixie and looks menacing. She wants to duel Twilight and the loser is forced to leave Ponyville forever. Twilight agrees so she can save her friends. Trixie's magic though proves to be too much and Twilight is forced out of town and to make matters worse, Trixie seals off the town by placing a dome over it. Twilight retreats to Zecora's place and she agrees to teach Twilight how to best Trixie again. Back in Ponyville, Trixie rules with an iron fist and all of Twilight's friends go to the library to find out how to beat her. Fluttershy finds a book that explain about Trixie's amulet. It says whoever wears it, the more the amulet is used, the more corrupted the user becomes. The group comes up with a plan to smuggle Fluttershy out by using her beavers to get out of town. The plan works and Twilight learns about what's really going on with Trixie and decides to return to Ponyville. Trixie comes by and Twilight challenges her to a duel because she has a new amulet that gives her more power than what Trixie is wearing. Trixie accepts and uses the same tactics she used the last time. Twilight though outmatches her and she is eventually made the winner. Twilight explains that her amulet was really a doorknob and that she used some tricks of her own like making Big Macintosh to be Applejack turned into a stallion and so on. Twilight is welcomed back and she goes on to entertain the representatives from Saddle Arabia. Trixie makes one last appearance and actually apologizes for what she did and asks for forgiveness. Twilight agrees and Trixie vows to start a new life as being good. The episode ends with Pinkie still missing her mouth and Twilight gives it back, but as Pinkie is about to speak, the credits roll. This was easily one of my all time favorite episodes of the season. Trixie's spells were really cool and I loved how she made Pinkie's mouth disappear like dragging a computer mouse icon towards a digital trashcan. The action scenes were great and loved every bit of it. I especially loved Zecora in this, she acted like Yoda and her training was similar to that from The Empire Strikes Back. What I love the most though is that Trixie actually learns her lesson and actually becomes nice now. It's great to see her no longer walking a dark path. All in all, excellent action scenes, great laughs all around, and Trixie starting to reformed makes this one of my favorite episodes and a must see.

    FINAL SCORE: 10/10